After many fits and starts, a program of regular performance – rock music, singer-songwriter, jazz, contemporary dance, theater and classical music – began to fill the room beginning in June 6th of 2003. Further upgrade projects were undertaken with the generous help of members donating their time and money at all levels.
In 2008, the original tin roof was replaced with a new steel version. Later that year, the front canopy was rebuilt. Backstage, the facilities were greatly enhanced by the addition of dressing rooms, and a bathroom. Stage lighting, sound, and electrical service into the building were all replaced, and refurbished seats were installed on both the floor and balcony.
The summer of 2008 saw the recording of Live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House by the brilliant Canadian vocal group, The Wailin Jennys. In 2011 front canopy lights were added and the venue exterior carefully repainted, employing a color scheme that pays homage to its Victorian heritage.
Today the Mauch Chunk Opera House once again is rising to its former glory as the jewel of the community, and is nationally respected as a venue for live performance and cultural events.